SDMRT 2020-01 Spring Valley

SDMRT Operations Report 2020-01
Full Callout – Missing Person, Spring Valley, CA

Santana Quiroz
9 January 2020

SDMRT Responders: Richard Yocum and Will Maisch; also en route to CP were Dennis Peck and Bill McNaul.

SDMRT ITC: Initially Dennis Peck, then Hugo Bermudez.

Other Responding Organizations: SDSDSAR (25 responding on Mission Manager, of whom approximately 4 at the CP) and SD County Sheriff Deputies.

Short Summary:

  • Type of callout: Full
  • In-county or if mutual aid: In-county
  • Type of search: Search for missing person
  • Environment: Urban
  • Location:
    • PLS/LKP at subject’s home, at 2828 Bancroft Street, Apt B, Spring Valley, CA 91977.
    • CP at Goodland Acres County Park, 8848 Troy Street, Spring Valley, CA 91977 (USNG 11S MS 99141 22139).
    • Subject sighting reported to CHP, who found subject along freeway.
  • Operational period:
    • Earliest time of activity: SAR callout request at 0622 hours on 1/9/20 for operational period beginning immediately.
    • Search ended on 1/9/20, when subject located, with 10-22 issued at 0723 hours.
  • Information about the subject:
    • Number/names of subjects: 1 subject, Santana Quiroz.
    • Age/Gender: 77-year-old man.
    • Level of fitness and preparedness: Not reported.
    • Mental status: Subject reported to have Alzheimer’s disease, compliant with his risperidone administered for symptoms associated with his dementia.
    • Injuries, if applicable: None reported.
    • How were they found : Two bystander sightings of person matching subject’s description relayed to CHP, who located subject along the freeway.
  • Any rescuers injured: None known.
  • Aircraft used: None known.

Descriptive Report
77 year-old Hispanic man with diagnoses of Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes mellitus was last seen by his family at his home at 2200 hours on 1/8/20, and then discovered missing at 0300 on 1/9/20. The SD Co. Sheriff received a missing person report by the family at 0506 and search efforts were commenced with deputies searching the house and yard, interviewing the daughter and other family members (who were still asleep) in the residence (2828 Bancroft Street, Apt B, Spring Valley, CA, 91977), making inquiries with county mental health, local hospitals and jails, and notifying the local bus and trolley services. He was reported to have no access to money, credit card, or mobile phone, but is familiar with riding the trolley. He was reported to be fully compliant with his two medications, metformin for diabetes and risperidone for symptoms associated with his dementia. It was reported that he believes that he still works at a job in San Ysidro. He has been missing twice previously, and on one occasion was found by his family in downtown San Diego and on the other occasion returned home on his own. He was described as 5’4”, 154 pounds, grey hair, brown eyes, and last seen wearing blue flannel shirt and grey sweatpants. SAR was activated at 0622 and directed to the CP location at Goodland Acres County Park, 8848 Troy Street, Spring Valley, CA 91947. Before arrival of the mobile CP and before any SAR teams were deployed, there were two bystander sightings of a person matching his description reported to the CHP. The first of these was near the intersection of Highways 125 and 54, and the second at the Briarwood Road underpass and Highway 54. A Sheriff’s deputy dispatched to the Briarwood location found the subject, who was retrieved by CHP in generally good condition near the second sighting, which was 41⁄4 miles direct distance from his home. He had found a
stick to use as a walking stick and a plastic bag he was using to pick up discarded cans. The subject reported no injuries or problems except his chronic age-related pains and declined medical evaluation. He was brought to the CP and interviewed (in Spanish) by deputies. He was clearly confused, and related that he was returning from his work in Tijuana. He was found wearing grey sweatpants (as matched his description), but was wearing a yellow plaid shirt, and had a blue flannel shirt in the bag he was carrying. Arrangements were being made for discussions with the family about options for preventing future walkaways. 10-22 was issued at 0723.

Search Area

Lessons learned/ suggestions for future operations:

  • None identified